Nigel Batten joins Killgerm

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Nigel Batten, one of the industry’s stalwart characters, has left P+L Systems and joined Killgerm Chemicals on 16 January.

Known to many within the industry as ‘Network Nigel’, his new role will centre around the training and mentoring of Killgerm’s customers. With the title of Business & Product Development manager, Nigel will be working alongside Paul Hoyes.

Commenting on his appointment, Nigel said: “I’m delighted to be joining Killgerm and look forward to the new challenges this job will offer me. However, in many respects, there isn’t going to be that much of a change as Killgerm has traditionally been a strong supporter and distributor of Network’s bird control products.”

“We are delighted that Nigel is joining us,” said Raymond Harrop, Killgerm’s managing director. “We already have the strongest technical support team to help our customers and Nigel’s appointment will make this even stronger.”

Nigel’s extensive background in pest control reads something like a history of the industry!

His very first job back in 1973 was working as a technician with Rentokil Pest Control initially providing rat control for Westminster City Council to the London Sewer system. This was followed by foot and van teritories to various London areas.

Then came a seven year spell with General Pest Control prior to their acquisition by Cannon. After this were posts at National Pest Control (prior to the formation of National Britannia), then moving to Peter Cox as a surveyor before its acquisition by Terminix.


Nigel Batten Nigel Batten on duty at PestTech

There he took on the role as service manager at London Heathrow, followed by branch management for London West. It was here Nigel ‘got into birds’ – as he had responsibility for the company’s bird control work for the whole of London.

In 2000 he was recruited by Bill Clarke to Network Bird Control, which was subsequently acquired by Sorex, BASF and most recently P+L Systems.

Born and bred in south London, Nigel and his wife have lived in rural Dorset for the last 10 years. With three grown-up children, and now two grand-children, Nigel is kept pretty busy but still finds time to keep fit by running anything up to 12 miles per week.

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